Learn about the stories of Indigenous Victorians from their earliest contact with European settlers to the struggles of one family in the twentieth century and see key documents created by Aboriginal leaders in their quest for control of their own lives.
Sailing into Melbourne showcases approximately 20 major records from the collection of Public Records Office Victoria, covering the devastating shipwreck of the Royal Charter in 1856, grim stories of quarantine and grand voyages from Australia to Europe carrying large amounts of gold.
Victoria was at the forefront of the world-wide democratic government movement. Victoria was the first place in the world where voting was carried out in secret and Victorian women led the world in the movement for equal rights.
See the earliest maps of Melbourne and descriptions of the European settlement of Melbourne in 1835. Discover how the Port Philip District was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and then developed into a thriving city.
Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.
The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.
What can I see?
The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.
Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry (schools and groups by appointment ONLY)
Christmas opening hours: 24 December (Christmas Eve) 10am - 12 noon 25 December (Christmas Day) CLOSED 26 December (Boxing Day) CLOSED 27 December CLOSED 28 December 10am - 4pm 29 December 10am - 4pm 30 December 10am - 4pm 31 December 10am - 4pm 1 January CLOSED Normal opening hours resume 2 January.
'Sailing into Melbourne' Free Exhibition at Old Treasury
Melbourne is Australia’s most important maritime trading hub; this new show at Old Treasury Building Museum traces Melbourne’s rich port history from 1842 until now.
The exhibition investigates a history of technological change and ingenuity from clipper ships to containerised transport, hand loading to mechanisation and dramatic public works on the waterfront.‘Sailing into Melbourne’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of Melbourne’s life as a port city. The shipwrecks, prison hulks, quarantine, maritime defence and troop embarkation.
Visitors can view a series of works from the mid-1800s that look at the darker side of the Port, including records on floating prisons and documents describing the conditions early migrants endured to reach Victoria.
The exhibition features archives, photographs, maps and plans from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.
Behind the Scenes Tours
You can also view Old Treasury Building's hidden secrets with a qualified guide.
Tour 'Behind the Scenes' of the Old Treasury, showcasing the rare and exciting collection of paintings kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection. This collection of wonderful paintings provides an insiders glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians from the 1840s to 1870s.
Tours are also available with one of our qualified guides and find out more about the building and documents on display. For tours only, visit the Executive Council Chamber, the historic room where the Governor of Victoria meets to sign legislation into law. Find out more about Melbourne's fascinating gold rush past!
How long does the tour take?
Visits take approximately 50 minutes.
How much will the group tour cost?
Group tours cost $8.50 per person or $6.50 concession.
29 October 10.30 am This talk will explore many of the intriguing photographs and stories of the port depicted in the 'Sailing into Melbourne' exhibition, from the mid nineteenth century to the present. Presenter, Ann Gibson is President of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society and expert in things maritime.
This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014, proudly presented by City of Melbourne. For more information visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/knowledgeweek. Date: 29 October 2014, 10.30am Bookings: 9651 2233 or rsvp@oldtreasury building.org.au Bookings essential
Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Phone: 03 9651 2233
Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).
Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.